BY KASULE MUBARAK
Results day one
Ronald Sebuguzi 06:44.0, Omar Mayanja 06:53.9, Yasin Nasser 06:55.0, Fitidis Christakis 06:58.4, Arthur Blick Jnr 06:59.3, Hassan Alwi 07:00.7, Duncan Mubiru 07:02.7, Ponsiano Lwakataka 07:06.0, Musa Kabega 07:09.5, Samuel Bwete 07:16.2
The crew of Ronald Sebuguzi and Leon Ssenyange came home fastest in the super special stage at Festino Cite, in day one of the second round of the National Rally Championship (NRC).
Omar Mayanja came second.
Ssebuguzi, who will be hoping to increase his lead on Sunday when the 44 cars head to Mukono and Buikwe areas for the remaining nine sections of the Central Motor Club-organised Challenge Rally.
In a related development Christakis Fitidis is roaring to go, having managed to complete the super special stage.
Fitidis believes the event is another test with his new co-driver Ratanaveer Darbar, who replaced Eric Maximee Nzamwita, but also applauds him for the quick adaptability he has shown.
He also adds that the event ‘is so tight, rough and rains may make the event very tricky’.
“We had a chance to pair as a crew in Mbarara and I believe we got our targets right as our position was okay. This rally is also another learning bit and we will go fast where we have to and slow down where it matters. Our main target will be finishing among the top five at the end of the day,” the 2017 champion, who currently lies sixth this season with 45 points, said.
Susan Muwonge, Japeth Lugayizi and Yusuf Bukenya fell casualties in day one due to gear box, mechanical and engine problems respectively.
Only 44 cars will be battling for honours on Sunday in the remaining nine competitive sections through areas of Mukono.
By USPA Media
Super Special Stage results”
1.Ronald Ssebuguzi /Leon Ssenyange 03.22.0
2.Hassan Alwi / S Kyambadde 03.27.0
3.Omar Mayanja /Hussein Mukuye 03.27.8
4.Yassin Nasser /Ali Katumba 03.28.6
5.Christakis Fitidis 3.29.8
6.Arthur Blick Jr /George Ssemakula 3.31.5
7.Samuel Bwete/Urban Mulindwa 3.33,4
8. Peter Kalule/Ritah Nakigozi 3.34.0
10.Musa Kabega/ Rogers Sirwomu 3.36.5
11.Duncan Mubiru 3.37.4
12. Suzan Muwonge/ Edmond Kyeyune 3.38.0
13.Dr.Ashraf Ahmed /Edward Kiyingi 3.39.9
Three-time national rally champion Ronald Ssebuguzi put up a spirited fight to beat a tough opposition to win the CMC rally Super Special stage on Saturday March 9,2019 at Festino Cite Mukono district.
Ssebuguzi navigated by sports journalist and USPA vice president Leon Ssenyange in a Mitsubishi EvoX posted a total time loss of three minutes, twenty two seconds beating Hassan (3.27.0) who finished second by five seconds.
Yassin Nasser navigated buy Ali Katumba in a Subaru GVB were the most improved crew as they came fourth with a total time loss of three minutes 28.6 seconds.Omar Mayanja finished third.
The action continues tomorrow Sunday with nine sections of Namere,Nandagi and Nakapinyi.
The second round of the National Rally championship has started with a drivers briefing at Grand Praclos Hotel Mukono.
The drivers were urged to observe speed after the flying finish to the control because the section ends at the flying Finish.
The cars now head to Festino Cite for the Super Special stage where drivers will battle it out in the 6.8kms distance.
John Barrows who returns from a year sabbatical has promised the big boys a run foir their money as he said,”I had a year of no show, but I’m back and target the top 10 position.
BY KASULE MUBARAK
Arthur Blick Jnr has vowed to give his competitors ‘a run for their money’ in this weekend’s Central Motor Club Challenge rally.
Blick Jnr, who came second in Mbarara during the first round of the National Rally Championship, reckons that his game plan was spot-on in Mbarara, and together with Unisan Bakunda as co-driver what happened was expected of their team.
However, Bakunda decided to return
to driver’s seat for the remainder of the season after Abdul Kateete gifted him
He was replaced by George Semakula.
“Unisan got a good
opportunity to get back behind the wheel and I could not ruin his chances
because you all saw last year that he is a force to reckon. I wish him the best
in that new hunt,” Blick Jnr, the 2015 NRC champion said.
He, however, believes
Semakula will carry a lot of experience to his hunt for the second NRC.
“Semakula is a
two time National Champion Navigator and has navigated for top drivers in
Uganda such as Ponsiano Lwakataka, Duncan Mubiru, John Consta, Adam Rauf Essa
and Rose Lwakataka. I am sure we will make a good team together,” added Blick
Blick Jnr, who has already gone through the route in Mukono believes this particular round is ‘very tight and rough’ which ‘makes it so exciting and unpredictable’.
“The route has some
rough, technical and twisty areas. You need brains and nerves of steel to win
this rally,” he told UspaMedia.
Jas Mangat leads the
divers’ standings with 100 points.
By USPA Media
Saturday & Sunday -CMC rally
Rally drivers return in action on Saturday and Sunday 9th-10th of March Central Motor Club (CMC) Challenge rally with focus on safety.
The second round of the National Rally Championship –NRC- is expected to have 80percent closed route which calls for speed.
“The sections are tight, but we expect it to be a tight and fast event because it has almost 80 percent closed routes,” Clerk of the course (COC) David Nsobya noted. Praclos Hotel in Mukono.
“We had to remove the sections that goes through trading centres like Kayanja to meet safety Purposes. Now what we have is 80 percent closed routes,” Nsobya said.
The rally covers a total distance of 217kms of which 143.2kms are competitive and has attracted all the top crews including, former National rally champions, Dr. Ashraf Ahmed, Christakis Fitidis, Arthur Blick Jr., Jas Mangat,Ronald Ssebuguzi and reigning champion Suzan Muwonge.
The rally will have scrutineering on Saturday morning at shell Mukono, before heading for a super special stage at Festino cite where the drivers will show case in 4.6kms.
Then cars will head at Grand Praclos Hotel where they will spend a night.
On Sunday morning crews will take the fight in the sections of Namerere, Nakapinyi and Nandagi that will be repeated twice.
By Uspa Media
Ugandan riders will next year compete on home turf in the FIM Africa All Nations Motocross Championship .
This is after Uganda emerged the sole candidate biding to host the 2020 continental event that will this year be held in Zimbabwe.
It is the second time Uganda will host the continental event with the target of winning the trophy last won in 2012 at the event held in Busiika Luwero district.
“We have got the rights to host Africa Championship again and it is time to get to work and put in place all the requirements for an international event in time,” Federation Motorsport Clubs of Uganda official in charge of motorcycling Barak Orland confirmed the development.
Barak added that they have already got the checklist for the requirements and they will start putting them into place before end of the year.
Among the checklists are jumps to be clear , having spectators view points, setting up medical evacuation plans, training officials to match international standards and also set up the water irrigation system on the track.